Theodore Roosevelt

The 26th US president was Theodore Roosevelt and he was famous for being awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his role as negotiator in the Russo-Japanese War. Roosevelt was the first American to ever receive the award. He was also the first US President to leave the country to visit the Panama Canal and Japan.

Most people recognize John F. Kennedy as the youngest president in the history of America but this is not entirely true. To be more exact, JFK was the youngest man to be elected into office at the age of 43.

No other US president was as athletic and energetic as Theodore Roosevelt. He was weak and sickly as a child and had to be home-schooled due to chronic asthma attacks. He later made up for his lack of physical activities in his adulthood, participating in various sports and was blinded in the left eye due to a boxing injury while in office.

He was also responsible for naming the presidential office and residence the “White House”. The structure was previously referred to as the “President’s Palace”, the “Executive Mansion”, and the “President’s House” until Theodore Roosevelt established the present name back in 1901 when he had the words “White House – Washington” printed on his stationary.

Aside from being the first US president to travel outside the country, he was also the first American leader to take a flight in an airplane on October 11, 1910. When the Wright brothers invented the airplane, US President Theodore Roosevelt took a 4 minute flight to test the new invention himself.

Theodore Roosevelt was a progressive leader during his time. He held office as US president from September 14, 1901 to March 4, 1909 and defied big corporations. He was tough and had a no-nonsense approach in his fight against corruption.

He had a notable record for protecting civil rights and held up women’s suffrage. He defended a female postmaster by the name of Minnie Cox and invited the first African-American, Booker T. Washington, into the White House. Theodore Roosevelt was also famous for giving a speech right after being shot by a would-be assassin.

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